Mysteries of Twitter Finally Revealed


As a former IT professional, I know all about the need to fake-it-until-you-make-it when it comes to new technologies. I almost always know about new tech. I’m just not always sure what it’s good for. Part of the reason I left IT as a career is that it was simply too much change to keep up with. I started always to feel like I was just a bit behind everyone else and not quite clued in on all the new stuff that I wasn’t quite ready to embrace yet.

Twitter has been another such technology for me. Like the corkscrew on a 12-year-old’s Swiss Army knife, Twitter has been this incredibly appealing and highly visible tool–and I had no idea what I would use it for.

I signed up for Twitter about a year ago. I can’t remember what exactly prompted me to do so, but I know it had something to do with me feeling like I was missing out on something important. I was greeted by some of my friends when I joined, I started getting a few followers, and my entry into the Twitterverse was even hailed by one friend as something noteworthy.

And then I did nothing. I wasn’t sure what exactly I would use Twitter for. The few tweets I did submit were mostly pointers to other things (e.g., “I just posted to my blog”), notifying the same people who would be notified via those other platforms of the exact same activity. It was redundant.

Today, after the hundredth notification of activity on Twitter that was unimportant to me, I uninstalled Twitter from my phone. After doing so, I wondered again what it is that folks use Twitter for in the first place. And, a quick Google search later, I finally have my answer. It’s worth reading, so click over there now and check it out.

I wish this explanation of the “time relevance” of the service was publicized widely and very visibly. As a 40-something country-dwelling teacher/philosopher, Twitter is nothing more than a tool that I simply do not have much use for. I feel liberated knowing that I am not missing out on anything. Like my younger self eventually learned about that corkscrew, I now know I can just leave Twitter alone.

It has been quite a while since have posted anything. I have been working feverishly on some stuff for my boys’ education, and I did not want to break from it to spend time posting here. I have finally reached the end of those efforts (more on that later), so I hope to be able to resume posting on a somewhat more regular basis. Thanks for bearing with me during the lengthier-than-intended hiatus!

Jeff Herron

Homeschooling dad of two boys. Husband of one terrific woman. Disciple of and disciple maker for Jesus. My cup runneth over!